Luick's Eighth Inning Grand Slam Paces 11-8 Victory
April 16, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC - For the Colonials to win the A-10 regular season championship it is imperative to win the road games and they took a major step on Friday afternoon with an 11-8 victory in Richmond, VA. The Colonials used a five run eighth inning to break a six all tie to run their A-10 record to 8-2 on the season. The inning was keyed by a grand slam by redshirt senior Chris Luick, who drove in five runs on the day.
The Colonials fell behind 2-0 early, but rallied for their first of two five-run frames on the day in the third inning to take a 5-2 lead. They tacked on a run in the fifth inning, but were victim to a three-run home run by Billy Barber which helped the Spiders tie the game at six after seven innings.
This brought forth the Colonials eighth inning, which started with a Stephen Oswald single and moved to second on the Curtis Eward sacrifice. Senior Tom Zebroski singled to break the tie and setup the dramatic grand slam by Luick to push the lead to 11-6. The Spiders quickly threatened in their half of the eighth inning by loading the bases with one out, but junior Tommy Gately came in and induced a double play to get through the inning with allowing any damage.
Junior Brendon Kelliher recorded two hits on the day and hit his ninth home run of the season. Zebroski also had a multi-hit game and drove a run and scored one of his own.
Senior Ryan Lapointe started the game for the Colonials and threw seven innings, allowing six earned runs on the day. The senior right-hander struck out a pair. Gately came in for the Colonials and got the final five outs to record his first save of the season.
The Colonials will now look to clinch the series as they take on the same Spider team on Saturday, April 17th. The Colonials will give the ball to junior Joe Richardson and first pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.